The good thing about starting from zero as a newbie writer and building an author platform is I get to choose where and how I want to express myself. It’s like starting with a painter’s minimalist landscape, empty and not populated by houses or people (a dark landscape of course . . . because there … Continue reading Creating an Author Platform
These were my beginning steps, the ones I listed in my post "The Start" on September 16, 2018: 1. Set up a writing blog. 2. Figure out a working title for my upcoming Nanowrimo book. 3. Read three books for research to learn about wilderness survival, animals in the wild, and 19th Century witches. 4. … Continue reading The Rewrite
If you want to be a writer, you have to be a reader. Here are the fiction and nonfiction books I’ve read this quarter with one-sentence reviews. Seriously, have you ever tried to keep a book review to one sentence? It’s hard! I also think it’s a good writing exercise in conveying information with brevity, … Continue reading One Sentence Reviews: My 4th Quarter 2018 Reads
Photo by Carolina Pimenta on Unsplash I’ve been working on ways to up the spooky factor in my scary scenes. One way, of course, is to make it dark. That’s human-basic. As little kids, when we have nightmares, we won’t go back to sleep unless the lights are on. As adults, when our cars break down, we’d much … Continue reading “It was dark.”
I set myself up with nine strategies to get me to the end of November with a NaNoWriMo win. (A “win” is writing a 50,000 word novel in a month.) These strategies are working so well I’m going to use as many as I can on my next writing project. I wrote down and broadcast … Continue reading How I Know I’m Gonna Win NaNoWriMo!
Jess Walter wrote and rewrote the first sentence of Beautiful Ruins “at least 500 times.”(1) It took Lance Marcum twelve hours to write the first sentence of The Cottonmouth Club.(2) First sentences are that important. In order to study what makes a good opening, I dug up some popular horror novels, some I haven't read … Continue reading First Sentences